Staycation Day 10

Almost last day of projects around the house, focused on my office and craft corner, still not great but way better than it was:


In the evening, my mighty Sun Devils were playing in the last bowl game of the season, the Cactus Bowl, so we had a few folks over for Fajitas, margaritas and Mexican Mules – mmmm.  Food and friends were great, losing to West Virginia by one point was not so awesome…



Staycation Day 3

Husky Football Saturday!  Huskies kicked off at 11:20am in the Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi.  Our usual tailgating crew came over, and while the game was much closer than it probably should have been, the Huskies won!  (phew)

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Today we went biking…

with Jamie Moyer!  yes, All Star pitcher, former Mariner, Jamie Moyer – how weird is that?  as you know, we love doing bike tours when we travel, so in Melbourne we signed up for a tour with Freddy’s Bike Tour.  We met up in federation Square, and as we looked for our guide, I noticed a large family also looking for a bike tour – I’ll admit, I was a little bummed at first  when I realized this family would be on our tour because they were a big group with a couple young kids I figured may slow us down or be difficult to wrangle.  As we all gathered up I looked at the dad and thought he looked really familiar, but the family said they were from California so I didn’t think about it much.  Looking at the mom and all the girls, they were decked out in LuLuLemon and colorful nikes so I knew that had $$$, and moved on.


As the ride commenced, BK started chatting with the mom though and she mentioned they used to live in Magnolia.  And the kids had lots of Notre Dame gear.  And there were a lot of kids. And the dad was retired.  And everyone was really fit.  Slowly my brain started to piece things.  At one point I started biking with the mom and all was confirmed once the Moyer Foundation was mentioned.   They had been up at Hayman Island first – a spot I noticed in a travel mag YEARS ago and have dreamed about since, and now were in Melbourne for a few before the kids needed to get back to school.


So random!  so crazy!


dang, we definitely are Northwest Yuppies

It’s Saturday & Memorial Day Weekend. As usual, the forecast is chance of everything, but we decided to take that chance and try out our new Thule bike rack which BK had affixed to our Subaru Outback while I wandered around China.


After a quick stop at the in-laws, we bike from Redmond to Woodinville on the Sammamish River Trail up to DeLille Winery for a tasting and to pick up our quarterly wine club.


Rolling back into Redmond we stopped by Trader Joe’s quick before heading home. And with our dinner of random leftovers, we popped open a really nice bottle of Harrison Hill. Happy Seattle Saturday…

And the winner is…

After a slow start on the front nine, BK came storming back and overcame a five stroke deficit to tie the score up on the 18th hole before going on to win the match on the first hole of the sudden death playoff and take the 2011 Mini Golf crown 2 games to 1.  BK won the first round of the 2011 tour on Cape Cod in July but KMJ tied things up during the tours next stop in Levanworth at the end of August.

The 2012 tour kicks off at the Austin invitational in early January, BK is currently favored by the odds makers at 2.5 to 1.



What’s SUP?

Arriving in Chelan Sunday afternoon we decided to try Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time – we figured this would be a good place to start since the lake is relatively calm and warm 😉

BK got up pretty quickly and got the hang of it much quicker than, probably because he has done similar activities like surf and ski and snowboard.

It took me a few times to finally stand briefly, and then stand again a little bit longer, and then stand for a bit but promptly fall in upon trying to paddle.  Eventually however, I strung it all together – woo hoo!

Its hard – definitely a core workout and I felt it in my quads a bit too the next morning.  I think it will definitely get easier with practice, though I’m not sure about doing it in the Sound knowing the likelihood that I will be falling on several times…